Beastie Boys Album Sales Go Up
It has long since been acknowledged that when an artist passes away, his/her music catalogue suddenly becomes the most in-demand collection to have. The sales of Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston’s albums all almost doubled after their passing.
Sadly Adam Yauch from American hip hop group The Beastie Boys passed away at the beginning of this month after an almost three year long battle with cancer. The rapper and bass player, along with other members Mickey ‘D’ Diamond and Adam ‘AdRock’ Horovitz, were only the third rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after Run DMC and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The Beastie Boys found success with seven platinum or better selling albums from 1986–2004 and are perhaps best known for their debut album ‘Licensed To Ill’ which sold 19,000 copies in the week following Adam’s death, causing it to re-enter the US Billboard 200 Chart at number 18. When it first charted in 1986, ‘Licensed To Ill’ was the first rap album ever to feature in the Billboard 200.
A small consolation to the remaining members may be that the collection of albums made by The Beastie Boys saw an overall increase in sales of 1,235% in the week following his death. Further down the chart were ‘Solid Gold Hits’ at 51, ‘Paul's Boutique’ at 56, ‘Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2’ at 107, ‘Ill Communication’ at 109, ‘Check Your Head’ at 124 and ‘Anthology: The Sounds of Science’ at 141. All told, 55,000 albums by the group were sold in that week compared to 4,000 the week before!